Chris' Corner: Wallenda Crosses Niagara Falls

Wallenda Crosses Niagara Falls

Last night Nik Wallenda walked on a 5 cm braided steel wire across Niagara Falls.  I was not interested in this endeavour in the least, not until he took his first step!  ... then I was transfixed on his 550 metre journey 60 metres above the Niagara gorge.  For 25 minutes, this event captivated my mother-in-law, Vi, my wife, Helen and myself ... and millions of people around the world.

Here is a link to a good ABC recap

and here is a video of the entire walk:



It surprised me how focused I was, and the fact that ABC made him wear a harness did not reduce my interest nor admiration for his feat in the least.

ABC captured the event spectacularly, with breathtaking imagery, a live feed with Nik, and, for the most part, interesting commentary.

I read reports of 120,000 people watching on the Canadian side plus a large audience on the American side.  This singular event was said to infuse ~ $125 million into the local economy.  I sure it would have been spectacular to have viewed this event live, but I was very surprised at the overall quality of the television presentation.  Well done ABC.

What's next for Nik Wallenda? ... apparently he already has the permits for a planned walk across the Grand Canyon!


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Comment balloon 25 commentsChris Smith • June 16 2012 08:43AM

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I missed the event thanks for the video.  It is something of a big deal.

Posted by Tim Lorenz, 949 874-2247 (TIM LORENZ - Elite Home Sales Team) about 8 years ago

An amazing walk in the park for him and something I wouldn't even concider.

It is only a little over an hour from here and the only thought of going was hindered by thinking it would take me longer to get across the border then it took him to do the walk.

Make yourself a great weekend.

Posted by Raymond E. Camp, Licensed Real Estate Salesperson Greater Rochester (Howard Hanna Real Estate Services) about 8 years ago

Yes, thank you..I also missed it-had to watch Canada play Italy.. rugby at the BMO field!

Posted by Liz Hill (YOUR CHOICE REALTY CORP BROKERAGE) about 8 years ago

This seemed to be a feat for history.  It was pasted all over facebook.  The great thing is that it helped the local economy.

Posted by Bruce Hicks, Your Lifetime Friend/Helper! (Best Homes Hawaii) about 8 years ago

Tim, I tend not to watch "reality" type TV, and though I was not interested in this event at all, once I started watching, I could not stop.

Posted by Chris Smith, South Simcoe, Caledon, King, Orangeville Real Esta (Re/Max Chay Realty Inc., Brokerage) about 8 years ago

Raymond, Nik looked down... even thinking of that makes me go weak...

Posted by Chris Smith, South Simcoe, Caledon, King, Orangeville Real Esta (Re/Max Chay Realty Inc., Brokerage) about 8 years ago

Liz, in hockey or soccer, the match would have been a whitewash, but in rugby, I'm interested... who won?

Posted by Chris Smith, South Simcoe, Caledon, King, Orangeville Real Esta (Re/Max Chay Realty Inc., Brokerage) about 8 years ago

Howdy and morning Chris

Chris my friend, my lady and I was not able to watch it on TV, we are only able to get NBC and 2 Vermont PBS's here at the house. Do you know if there was a special reason why he did this in the evening?

Have a good one
Dale in New Hampshire

Posted by Dale Baker, New Hampshire Relocation Real Estate Information (Baker Energy Audits and Commercial Properties Inspections) about 8 years ago

Bruce, I haven't been on Facebook yet today, only decided to blog about it after a conversation with a co-worker...

Posted by Chris Smith, South Simcoe, Caledon, King, Orangeville Real Esta (Re/Max Chay Realty Inc., Brokerage) about 8 years ago

I missed this, so appreciate your link.   A feat, for sure!

Posted by Li Read, Caring expertise...knowledge for you! (Sea to Sky Premier Properties (Salt Spring)) about 8 years ago

Chris Italy beat Canada: http://www.thestar.com/sports/article/1212424--canada-loses-to-italy-in-rugby-25-16.

Posted by Liz Hill (YOUR CHOICE REALTY CORP BROKERAGE) about 8 years ago

I missed this, too.  Thx for the video.  Wow, amazing.

Posted by Debbie Gartner, The Flooring Girl & Blog Stylist -Dynamo Marketers (The Flooring Girl) about 8 years ago

Dale, as I understand it, the reasons had to do with the visual impact on TV and other media.

Posted by Chris Smith, South Simcoe, Caledon, King, Orangeville Real Esta (Re/Max Chay Realty Inc., Brokerage) about 8 years ago

Li, not sure about you... but I could not turn away once I started watching...

Posted by Chris Smith, South Simcoe, Caledon, King, Orangeville Real Esta (Re/Max Chay Realty Inc., Brokerage) about 8 years ago

Debbie, you're very welcome =)

I might be willing to walk a "low" wire, say one or two feet above soft ground, but no more ;-)

Posted by Chris Smith, South Simcoe, Caledon, King, Orangeville Real Esta (Re/Max Chay Realty Inc., Brokerage) about 8 years ago

125 million Chris? Amazing in itself, never mind the walk LOL!

Posted by Al & Peggy Cunningham, Brokers, Our Family Wants To Help Your Family! (RE/MAX West Realty Inc., Brokerage) about 8 years ago

Hi Chris - I saw the entire walk as well as a large portion of the pre-walk show and post-walk show.  It was also very helpful that I know the area reasonably well so I had a good appreciation of the unique weather patterns immediately around the falls.

Posted by FN LN about 8 years ago

Al and Peggy, "Amazing", in a good way

Posted by Chris Smith, South Simcoe, Caledon, King, Orangeville Real Esta (Re/Max Chay Realty Inc., Brokerage) about 8 years ago

I switched over after watching the jay game (taped in the afternoon - OK PVR'd), but had the event taped... I watched the entire walk, then fast forwarded my way through the highlights of the pre-show.

Posted by Chris Smith, South Simcoe, Caledon, King, Orangeville Real Esta (Re/Max Chay Realty Inc., Brokerage) about 8 years ago
Happy Fathers Day Chris! Hope you were spoiled!!
Posted by Al & Peggy Cunningham, Brokers, Our Family Wants To Help Your Family! (RE/MAX West Realty Inc., Brokerage) about 8 years ago

Howdy and afternoon Chris

Chris my friend, I sure do hope your are and have had a mighty fine Father's Day!

Have a good one
Dale in New Hampshire

Posted by Dale Baker, New Hampshire Relocation Real Estate Information (Baker Energy Audits and Commercial Properties Inspections) about 8 years ago

The local economy could use multiple events that would generate as much revenue as this one.

Have an outstanding week with your camera in hand.

Posted by Roy Kelley (Realty Group Referrals) about 8 years ago

Chris, it's amazing the lengths some people will go to be able to get into Canada :-)

Posted by Malcolm Johnston, Trenton Real Estate (Century 21 Lanthorn Real Estate LTD., Trenton, Ontario) about 8 years ago

Chris - wind currents around the falls can be very tricky at times ..... I went to watch your video link as we were away for the weekend and did not see it. but it seems to be blocked or not functioning properly

Posted by Kathy Clulow, Trusted For Experience - Respected For Results (RE/MAX All-Stars Realty Inc. Brokerage) about 8 years ago

Chris, I remember the Flying Wallenda's when they performed in the circus...this is exciting stuff! It take s a brave person to pull something an event like this off!

Posted by Wanda Kubat-Nerdin - Wanda Can!, So Utah Residential, Referral & Relocation REALTOR (Red Rock Real Estate) about 8 years ago

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